adjective \kən-ˈjē-nē-əl, -ˈjēn-yəl\

: suitable or appropriate

: pleasant and enjoyable

: very friendly

Full Definition of CONGENIAL

:  having the same nature, disposition, or tastes :  kindred <congenial companions>
a :  existing or associated together harmoniously
b :  pleasant; especially :  agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook <a congenial atmosphere>
c :  sociable, genial <a congenial host>
con·ge·nial·i·ty \-ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē, -ˌjēn-ˈya-\ noun
con·ge·nial·ly \-ˈjē-nē-ə-lē, -ˈjēn-yə-\ adverb

Examples of CONGENIAL

  1. The town is a congenial place for raising children.
  2. We studied in the congenial atmosphere of the library.
  3. He found the work to be congenial.
  4. She was congenial and easygoing.
  5. She moved on, leaving behind the world of politics for the more congenial sphere of the arts. —Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair, March 2001


com- + genius
First Known Use: circa 1625

Related to CONGENIAL

agreeable, blessed (also blest), pleasant, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome


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